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How lovely is this CharcuterWREATH?! It’s the slightly more elegant, worldly sister to my CharcuterTREE board. This wreath is delicious and such a great holiday appetizer for easy entertaining. You can make it in any size (single serving anyone!?) and change up the ingredients to suit your favorites.
I chose to go with Italian flavors to make it a nice antipasto dish. Of course Brie isn’t very Italian, but I couldn’t resist using Trader Joe’s brie bites because they add a really nice base to help shape the wreath. Serve this one up and see how long it lasts! For other Christmas boards, check out and my Charcuterie Chalet. In fact, you can search all holiday board ideas by section on this site; check out the Christmas section of the blog for all of the ideas. And, for a non-holiday version of antipasti, make my Italian Antipasti Platter.
How To Build a Charcuterie Holiday Wreath
- First prep your hard cheeses by cutting them into cubes.
- Make these adorable salami rosettes, secure them with rosemary for a festive touch. (Full tutorial in this Rose Bouquet post!)
- Using round edges of your dinner platter or round board as a guide, place the larger cheese pieces in a circle. In addition to the hard cheese, I also used the cutest brie bites (i.e. a soft cheese) from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, you could easily sub in Babybel Cheese (as a round hard cheese option).
- Evenly distribute your beautiful salami roses between the cheeses.
- Sprinkle in any remaining ingredients like olives, pepperoncinis, and peppadews around the meat and cheese.
- Add your favorite crackers in baskets or around the dinner plate. You might not want many of the crackers to be in the actual wreath design. Plus, having them off to the side will only enhance the design of the red, green, and white wreath.
- Add a few more sprigs of rosemary for extra garnish.
- For this board I made sure to have toothpicks around the board. The ingredients (wet mozzarella and briny olives) don’t lend themselves to being picked up with fingers quite as much as berries and cheese. These are my favorite fancy toothpicks from Simply Baked.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you’re looking for a play-by-play of how to put this together, check out this instagram reel I made for the Charcuterie Wreath with a step-by-step.
What Are Those Adorable Mozzarella Balls?
I love adding fresh mozzarella to my boards. It’s so easy to eat, and pairs well with a variety of vegetables and fruit. Of course it also goes so well on any bread or crackers (drizzle a bit of balsamic on it and I’m in heaven!). Its mild flavor is great next to briny, spicy, or really flavorful ingredients like pickles and olives.
Fresh mozzarella is sold in several different sizes. All types are most often sold in tubs with their whey (the liquid that it looks like the mozzarella is swimming in).
- Mozzarella balls. These are the ones you’ve definitely seen in stores. They are about the size of a small orange. If I use these on a board, I’m more likely to slice the balls into smaller pieces so they’re easier for guests to just take and eat.
- Bocconcini balls. This size is slightly smaller than regular ones. They are about the size of an egg. This is the size I used on this wreath board.
- Ciliegine balls. These are the smallest mozzarella size. They are about the size of a cherry. A bit harder to find in the States, these are likely found on the end of a toothpick skewer.
Antipasti! Antipasto! Antipasta!
What do Italians serve before their main pasta entree? Exactly, it trips me up every time. Antipasto is the singular, and antipasti means multiple portions. And antipasta is actually not an Italian word. The more you know!
The simplest definition of antipasti is what’s eaten “before pasta”. It’s the Italian version of the French charcuterie dish. Although a charcuterie spread more traditionally has no cheese and a wider variety of ingredients.
Other traditional antipasto ingredients, should you choose to really push the Italian theme further:
- Artichoke hearts
- Mushrooms (marinated or in oil and vinegar)
- Cured meats like prosciutto, parma ham, or speck
- Pickled vegetables (like giardiniera)
Show Me Your Charcuterie Wreaths
Nothing makes me happier than seeing you create beautiful boards from my tips. If you make a spread inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg so I can see and share!
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